Business and organizational personnel who want to develop their leadership skills, enhance productivity and increase profits while contributing to the “common good” now have the chance to enroll in a one-of-a-kind Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
Goshen College has joined forces with fellow Mennonite institutions Bluffton University and Eastern Mennonite University to launch The Collaborative MBA to shape “transformative leaders.”
The 36-hour program will focus on skills in entrepreneurship, shared vision development, mutual accountability, financial integrity, continuous innovation, empowerment of people and teams and systems thinking. Most MBA programs focus mainly on the usual topics of budgeting, strategic planning and marketing. The Collaborative MBA will cover these topics too, but will have an explicit orientation toward the well-being of people, community and planet.
Professors at the three partner schools possess a wide range of expertise, permitting Collaborative MBA students to choose among eight concentrations:
- Health Care Management
- Accounting and Financial Management
- Conflict Transformation
- Intercultural Leadership
Students will move through the program in cohorts that begin with one week of residential courses at one of the three sponsoring schools and include a week of residency in an international setting, doing practice-based learning. In the other months, coursework will be partly synchronous – with distance learners joining students and professors via interactive video conferencing – and partly asynchronous, whereby students will pursue projects and interact with professors on a mutually convenient schedule.
The ideal student for The Collaborative MBA is someone holding a full-time job in a small- to medium-sized business or organization, perhaps with family responsibilities, who needs to be able to pursue graduate studies in a flexible manner. The curriculum is based on the concept of “leadership for the common good,” which includes values of spirituality, community, leading as service, justice, sustainability and global citizenship.
Prospective students can enter the program through the doorway of any of the three sponsoring schools, Goshen, Bluffton or EMU.
For more information on The Collaborative MBA, visit collaborativemba.org.